Ryan Jenkins, host of the Next Generation Catalyst Podcast, interviewed Jaspar Weir, President of TaskUs, on the challenges companies face leading multi-generational workforces. TaskUs provides outsourcing services to over 100 of the world’s most innovative companies, allowing them to focus on product and technology.
The conversation includes a discussion around how to motivate a multi-generational workforce, the best practices for managing a remote multi-generational team and what TaskUs has done to become a leader in the retention of Millennials.
Listen below for the full interview:
Networking is an art that takes practice to master. The wider the network, the greater reach your message and your brand will have. After all, it’s not what you know, it’s who you know. So how do you start to make these connections? A new contact can provide new viewpoints and new opportunities. Here are six tips to network like a pro.
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- Develop a roadmap. The first step to successful networking is to figure out where you should be headed and what stops to make along the way. Before the year ends, create an events calendar with dates for all major industry conferences and meetings. Start local and go from there. Make it your mission to attend at least 10 events each year. Conferences like Fortune Brainstorm TECH and Thrive are popular for business leaders and key influencers. Watch for speaking and panel opportunities.
- Do your research. Before an event, pinpoint who will be there. Look at speakers’ social media activity and browse through recent media coverage of them. Subscribe to newsletters and news alerts from major outlets like The New York Times, the Los Angeles Times and The Wall Street Journal and business trades such as Inc., Forbes and Entrepreneur. Collect information so that, when an introduction occurs, you can work what you have learned into the conversation. It only takes one tidbit to strike a connection.
- Step outside your comfort zone. Make a point to talk to new people. If you’re an introvert, start a conversation with someone who is standing alone. They may appreciate that you were the initiator. For the more socially confident, stake out a high-traffic location like the bar or near the check-in table. This will give you access to many potential connections.
- Be a giver. Start with your business card. Make this exchange more memorable by handwriting additional contact information or a keyword relating to your conversation on it. Introduce your new connections to the people you’ve already met, especially when you see a reason why they should meet.
- Be smart about social. The number of Fortune 500 CEOs on Twitter continues to rise. Social media allows you to network at the palm of your hands. Conferences always have a hashtag – use it for your posts and to see what other attendees have shared. Join the conversation, ask questions and jump in when you see an opening. This will be the easiest way to network.
- Stay connected. After a conference or a business lunch, don’t stop networking. Keep in touch. Connect with new contacts on LinkedIn, and while you’re at it, publish a post about the event, its value and your key takeaways. Don’t just build your network, stay engaged with your network.
It’s crucial to meet new people to grow a business or build a brand. You’re not trying to become fast friends, but rather establish a professional relationship that will benefit both parties. The more opportunities for growth and exposure, the better. With the rise of social media, the world has become more connected than ever. Take advantage of the tools that are already at your disposal.
Send the invite, pick up the phone. Practice these tips at your next summer party.
EY’s Scott Porter is a partner and the Entrepreneur Of The Year Program Director in Los Angeles. As an advisory partner, Scott Porter works with public and privately-held companies in the media, entertainment and technology sectors. In the latest “If I Knew Then” feature from Crain’s, Porter talks about the lesson that had the most impact on his professional life.
“Early on, I thought networking should happen overnight, and I didn’t really understand that those relationships take time. And time is my most valuable asset, as well as the most valuable asset of others. It’s not just me who is having to invest my time in getting to know somebody and building that relationship. I didn’t recognize that I was asking the other side to do the same thing—to invest their time, which is scarce, in building a relationship with me.”
Read the full article: If I Knew Then… Scott Porter (Crain’s)
The Great Courses Plus, the online streaming service featuring original content for the whole family, was featured among the 10 best mobile apps for this summer in Proto.io. Members of The Great Courses Plus get unlimited access to more than 8,000 lectures online via connected television or mobile devices for a monthly subscription fee.
“The Great Courses Plus is a dream come true for parents hoping to keep their kids busy over the summer,” says Angelica Valentine at Prot.io. Kids can choose topics that sound interesting to them and you can be assured their brains aren’t resting dormant for weeks on end. It’s a win-win for everyone, in our book.”
Read the full article: 10 best mobile apps for this summer. (Prot.io)
Built in LA highlights TaskUs as EY Entrepreneur Of The Year® Award Winners in this week’s Tech Roundup
TaskUs, the leader in business processing outsourcing, was recently announced as a winner in the business services category at the 31st Annual EY Entrepreneur Of The Year® Awards in the Greater Los Angeles region. Winners were announced in a black-tie event on June 15th at the Beverly Hilton.
“It’s been an honor to be recognized among so many of LA’s inspiring business leaders,” said Jaspar Weir, Co-Founder and President of TaskUs. “Our vision was to bring the appeal and opportunity associated with tech companies to the backend staff. This award solidifies our belief that businesses will do good by doing good.”
Read the full article: Tech roundup: EY Entrepreneur Of The Year Award winners announced and more. (Built in LA)
EY has announced its eight winners for the 31st annual Entrepreneur Of The Year Award. The event took place at the Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills, Calif.
The Entrepreneur Of The Year 2017 Greater Los Angeles Region Award recipients are:
24Hr HomeCare | David Allerby, Co‐Founder and Chief Executive Officer; Ryan Iwamoto, Co‐Founder and Chief Marketing Officer; and Tyner Brenneman‐Slay, Co‐Founder and Chief Operating Officer
Direct Relief | Thomas Tighe, President and Chief Executive Officer
HATCHBEAUTY Products | Tracy Holland, Co‐Founder and Chief Executive Officer
KabaFusion | Dr. Sohail Masood, President and Chief Executive Officer
TaskUs | Bryce Maddock, Co‐Founder and Chief Executive Officer; Jaspar Weir, Co‐Founder and President
TrackR | Chris Herbert, Co‐Founder and Chief Executive Officer; Christian Johan Smith, Co‐Founder and President
Xencor | Bassil Dahiyat, Founder, Chief Executive Officer and President
Yamibuy | Alex Zhou, Founder and Chief Executive Officer
These entrepreneurs now join the ranks of 31 years of winners. As a group, the 2017 Greater Los Angeles Region award winners have made a significant mark on innovation and the economy. Collectively, this year’s award recipients employ more than 14,000 people and earned annual revenues of $1.3 billion.
Read the full announcement: EY Announces Winners of the Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2017 Greater Los Angeles Region Awards
Company culture isn’t just a sign you put on the wall or a quote on your website. Company culture needs to be something that is lived every day in order to engage employees to bring their best selves to work, so they can be the best representatives of your brand. According to TaskUs’ co-founder Jaspar Weir, putting employees’ needs before anything else gets the best results.
“Our people are our biggest differentiator, so we have to attract and retain the best employees. To do that, we had to look at the employee experience, because that impacts the customer experience,” says Weir. “We focused on creating more engaging spaces that make it fun to come to work and putting more emphasis on health and wellness.”
Read the full article: How Top Companies Live and Breathe Their Culture Everyday (Inc.)
|In today’s media landscape the focus is on authenticity and instant, unfiltered action. Facebook Live and other platforms make you the broadcaster – allowing direct and immediate communication with customers, prospects, employees, partners and the media. Facebook now claims 100 million hours of videos watched every day, with a 300 percent yearly increase in live streaming. From Crayola’s successful stunt retiring a color on “National Crayon Day” to Bloomberg’s popular Tom Keene market review, live media offers a simple way to tell stories and build relationships in real time.
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Here are five tips to make your next livestream stand out among the 60 million businesses on Facebook:
The growing demand for personal live streaming has led Facebook to add 3,000 people to its content moderation team. Scrutiny is up as well as interest. Facebook Live offers businesses the opportunity to easily share company achievements, breaking news and expertise on their own fast-moving industries.
The world is watching. And that’s what we want.
On November 2014, Bertrand Patriarca arrived from Paris after having sold his previous company in Paris. He says Los Angeles was the obvious choice for his new project, Washos, but also for a new life with his wife and newborn son. The company hit the ground running, and in the past few months, the team has expanded the operations of the on-demand car detailing service to new markets,
“Los Angeles is not a single city — it’s a conglomerate of dozens of neighborhoods, each with its own lifestyle, spirit and influence. LA is a place where you can meet the world and discover the richness of hundreds of different cultures. Don’t be afraid of distance, because LA is a constant journey,” says Patriarca.
Read the full article: We love LA: 5 founders from around the world talk about what makes the local tech scene special (Built in LA)